Did You Know That Pac-Man’s Grave is in the Clio Cemetery?
There's an unusual grave marker in the Thetford Township Cemetery in Clio and it may look familiar if you've ever been inside an arcade. Michael Leroy Luther's headstone is is a replica of an authentic Pac-Man video game.
A Big Fan of the Game Pac-Man
Michael Leroy Luther was a resident of Mt. Morris who worked for General Motors here in the Flint area and needless to say, was a huge fan of the game Pac-Man. According to Michigander Man, he was also an amateur video game distributor here in Michigan, distributing coin-operated game consoles to businesses around the state.
It was in the early 80s while Luther worked as a video game distributor that he fell in love with the Pac-Man franchise. In fact, he loved the game so much, he became known to family and friends by his nickname, Pac-Man.
Props to Michigander Man who took the time to visit Luther's gravesite in the Thetford Township Cemetery, however, he loses a couple of Michigander points for his pronunciation of Clio.
A Fitting Memorial for the Man That Loved Pac-Man
Sadly, Luther passed away on October 29, 2007, just about a year after retiring from General Motors. His sister Lisa decided to honor her brother's memory by designing a grave marker that represents an old-school Pac-Mac Arcade game.
As you'll see in the video below, the headstone is engraved with a Pac-Man playing field, Luther's signature, and the poem 'The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole.